South Africa’ secretive Special Forces has acquired an undisclosed number of new boats in two classes to support its activities.
The website of the state arms acquisition agency, Armscor, shows the Special Forces in November placed an order worth R9 934 700 with the Parachute Industries of SA (PISA) for an unknown number of semi-rigid 7.53m Zodiac boats as part of an ” medium range air deliverable boat system.” The contract was placed on November 26. It follows an order, on October 8, for a number of same-sized inflatable boats, worth R333 740.
The boats will likely be delivered to the seaward-orientated 4 SF Regiment at Langebaan in the Western Cape.
PISA is a Zodiac subsidiary.
Pic: Two semi-rigid inflatable boats aboard the SAS Drakensberg, December 2008.